Give Thanks and Give Back. Learning to Give in the Midst of Abundance.

November 25, 2014

Just a couple days ago, one of my boys came to me complaining about how bored he was during this week-long break from school, and how he had nothing fun to do. Mind you, we have a house full of toys, gadgets, and books. It’s beautiful outside and he and his brothers have bikes, scooters, […]

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#GirlsCan. Don’t ever say we can’t.

November 24, 2014

I witnessed first-hand on my trip to India how women are being empowered to do things only men once had. Breaking down barriers in a third-world country seems like a much more challenging task than doing so right here at home. But, even here it’s a challenge. And, that’s why Walmart and CoverGirl are getting […]

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VeggieTales In The House {New to Netflix}

November 23, 2014

Bob and Larry were always favorites in our house, especially with my twins. I can’t even tell you how many times my little guys watched them and the rest of the VeggieTales cast on Lord of the Beans, The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything, or just about any other VeggieTales movie. Larry’s Silly Songs often played while we were […]

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Virgin Mobile Custom {Exclusive to Walmart} Review

November 11, 2014

Josh has been able to try a few different phones recently and he says his new LG Unify is the best! He just recently changed schools, and on this new phone he has plenty of data and text messages to be able to keep in touch with his friends from his old school without having to worry about going […]

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What Parents & Teens Need to Know About Cyberbullying

November 11, 2014

Julia and her best friend, Melody, are trying to move on after their first hand experience with how awful being the victims of a cyberbully can be. While they are doing well and thriving in their new school, making new friends, and doing everything normal teenage girls love to do, they still have moments of fear and […]

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Trying to make sense of it all…

November 8, 2014

I have seen a whole lot of ugly this year. One thing after another. Things that may not seem to be much when standing alone. But, together? It’s almost too much. I’m trying to make sense of it all. But, perhaps I’m not supposed to make sense of it at all. Perhaps I’m just to be […]

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It’s Time for the Holidays! Shop Smart at Walmart and Save

November 2, 2014

It’s time to switch out your wreath, friends! With Halloween behind us, and the Holidays approaching quickly, Walmart is there to make your shopping and planning easier and more affordable.   Holiday Savings and Easy Shopping Start Now Walmart has over 7 million items – one million more than last holiday season – ready for you online. Deals […]

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Hey, Austin friends! Chef Johnny Iuzzini will be in town for a Holiday Entertaining Cooking Demo!

October 30, 2014

I am so incredibly excited to spend an evening at Macy’s next week with Pastry Chef Johnny Iuzzini, and I’d love for you to join us, too! Come on out to Macy’s The Domain (Home Department, Level 2) next Thursday, November 6th, at 6pm to see this fabulous Chef in action! He will show us how to prepare […]

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USA Kids Insulated Sippy Cups {Review}

October 29, 2014

With Timmy being four years old now, he really doesn’t use a sippy cup a whole lot any more, but when he does it’s imperative for me that it stays leak-free and that he thinks it’s a “cool cup”. Well, USA Kids Insulated Sippy Cups are new and exclusive to Walmart and we had a chance to […]

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Make a Difference #ShareAMeal

October 27, 2014

I shared a bit the other day about how Project Sunlight has teamed up with Feeding America to fight child hunger. But, I was inspired to do something more than just bring awareness. I know there are many ways to help in my community, but I took a look at Project Sunlight’s list of 8 Ways […]

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#ShareAMeal with Project Sunlight

October 24, 2014

It’s mind boggling to me that right here in America, there are 16 million children struggling with hunger – that’s the population of Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia and Chicago combined! Hunger’s youngest victims are often invisible in the United States, but he reality is, hunger in America has no boundaries – rural, urban and suburban – and […]

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Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult {Book Review}

October 14, 2014

I am a huge fan of Jodi Picoult. Her books always seem to touch on the untouchable; the conversation no one wants to have, the situation in which no one wants to find themselves. She always sparks something in me to learn all I can about the underlying topic about that which she is writing. […]

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Capture Photos That #BringIt

October 4, 2014

With the back-to-school season upon us, don’t miss the opportunity to capture the perfect shot of the winning touchdown, the last second field goal or the fourth quarter huddle. Whether you are attending your child’s Pop Warner tournament or your teen’s Homecoming Football game, be sure to photograph and videotape every moment with high quality. […]

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Back to School Firsts

October 1, 2014

At the end of the summer, Staples asked me if they could send us a Kindle Fire HD in exchange for a post on Back to School Firsts. The idea was to get the books on the Summer Reading List checked off, which the Kindle certainly would have helped my older kiddos do, but I had something additional in mind… […]

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“Being a good wife will make me a bad mom.” {7 Lies Moms Believe}

September 30, 2014

As moms, we tend to hold ourselves to a pretty high standard. If we are completely honest, we expect too much of ourselves as we constantly believe the lies that we are told about having to be perfect, make our kids our whole world, and forsake all other parts of life because you became a mom. […]

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How the Women of India Inspire Me to Do More, Be More and Live a More Abundant Life {#5by20}

September 27, 2014

I had the great honor of being one of 8 professional bloggers to have been chosen by Coca-Cola to join them in India to witness, ask questions, and enjoy our time exploring their 5by20 initiative. It has been two weeks since we returned home from a trip of a lifetime where I saw how women’s lives are being impacted in India in […]

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Countdown to Confidence

September 26, 2014

“With Invisalign, the confidence of a great smile starts on the first day of treatment and lasts a lifetime.” Just a heads up, friends… You can enter to win an Invisalign Treatment for you or your teen AND $1000 in the Countdown to Confidence Daily Instant Win & Sweepstakes. You may enter daily, now through November 13th, for […]

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Smoothie King Comes to Cedar Park!!

September 26, 2014

You’re invited to Smoothie King’s Cedar Park grand opening this Saturday from 9am-noon! Smoothie King, the premier smoothie bar and nutritional lifestyle center in the industry, will unveil its 700th new store on Saturday morning, with a grand opening event at its new (and very first) Cedar Park location. Kids, 12 years and younger, are encouraged to participate in […]

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Bake the Perfect Batch with New Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets

September 25, 2014

Julia and I do a whole lot of baking and it’s not entirely unlikely that we have to wash our cookie sheets every day, more than once. Needless to say, both of us were excited to hear about new Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets. They are pre-cut parchment sheets that provide an easy, convenient way to “Bake the Perfect Batch.” […]

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Fall Beauty :: Hair

September 23, 2014

Walmart was my one stop shop for changing things up as we move from Summer to Fall! Over the weekend, I shared with you my newest favorite outfit, just in time for Fall. But, I wanted to change my hair color (back to Auburn) and experiment a bit with styling accessories, too. I started off […]

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{DIY} Harvest Floral Wreath

September 22, 2014

Fall colors are one of my favorite things about the Autumn season. Oranges, reds, yellows, and deep greens all around me just seem to bring a sense of warmth and cozyness – a feeling of contentment, I suppose – in spite of the cooler outdoor temperatures. Whether I’m switching out my summer mantle to the deep […]

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My Go-To Fall Outfit

September 21, 2014

I am loving the bright colors that are available in fashion and apparel at Walmart this Fall! Of course, you can still find all of the goodies that make dressing for this season so great – boots, scarves, oversized sweaters, and all – but adding bright splashes of color to my outfit is easy to do […]

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